The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission earned national accreditation for its innovative parks and recreation programs and strong management once again in 2014 from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Its previous accreditations were in 2004 and 2009, respectively. M-NCPPC is one of only 88 park and recreation agencies in the U.S. to reach this standard.
The process of reaccreditation is extensive and took several years to accomplish. After completing the application process, the commission developed a detailed self-assessment report, which was then followed by a visit to M-NCPPC’s facilities by a team of experienced park and recreation professionals. Finally, a review was conducted by CAPRA before reaccreditation was formally conferred.
M-NCPPC was first accredited in 2004. Every five years, an accredited agency must be thoroughly reviewed to ensure continued compliance with the national accreditation standards. These standards represent all areas of operation for parks and recreation departments. National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies respond to 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient operations. To become accredited, agencies must fully meet 36 standards deemed fundamental to a quality agency and at least 102 of the remaining standards.